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A Primer on the Family

A Primer on the Family

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A Primer on the Family

65 pages
32 minutes
Apr 28, 2015


Why a series of primers?
These primers provide in depth coverage of the nested form constructs in the book: How to Define the Word “Religion”.
Primers 1 and 2 developed the category-based nested forms discussed in “the meaning underlying the word ‘religion’”.
The next several primer address “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’”. This presence can be appreciated through a fully differentiated model of “humans in our current Lebenswelt”. Humans exist in society. Humans organize. Human live as individuals in community. Each of these modes of existence relate to one another as a nested form:
Society( Organization( potential of Individual in Community))
Primer 3 diagrams the individual in community. Primers 4 and 5 present the organization tier. Primer 6 introduces the institution level of the society tier, starting with an example, the family. Primer 7 reviews How Institutions Think (1986) by British anthropologist Mary Douglas.

Apr 28, 2015

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This 9000 word primer introduces the content level of the society tier in a category-based nested form model of the presence underlying the word ‘religion’. This level is called institutions.

This is the 6th in the Primer Series on category-based models.

Note: Single quotes and italics are often used to group words together for easier reading.

Table of Contents

What is an Institution?

Evolution and Familyorg

Evolution and Familyinst

First Summary

The Three Logics of Familyinst

The Nature of Family Gods

The Co-evolution of Familyinst and Familyorg

The Co-evolution of Gods and Demiurges

Ancient Myth and the First Singularity

Second Summary


Interpellation and the Family

Fitting In

The Organization Tier is Localized and Delocalized

Individuals in Familyorg

Third Summary

What is an Institution?

0001 An institution puts its own organization (as well as other organizations) into a normal context.

The institution belongs to the content levela of the society tierC. ‘The society tierC’ brings ‘the organization tierB’ into relation with ‘the potentials of the individual in the community (iic) tierA’.

This is technically rendered:

SocietyC( organizationB( potential of iicA))

The big picture looks like this:

0002 What is an institution? I want to start with an example. I want to start with a foundational institution, the family. Or is the family a foundational organization?

Ah, the family must be both. In fact, I have already discussed the family as a metaphor for the organization tier. I will label ‘the family in the organization tier’: familyorg.

0003 ‘The image of the family’ allows me to discuss institutions in an intuitively rich milieu. After all, the family belongs to ‘the Lebenswelt that we evolved in’.

In terms of the category-based nested forms, the family appeared when ‘an original undifferentiated nested form’ differentiated into an interscope (as discussed in How to Define the Word Religion). The family was around when the interscope differentiated into three tiers, providing a way to appreciate the presence underlying the word ‘religion’.

If ‘what I write sounds old fashioned’ that is because the family is as old and as fashioned as human culture itself.

Evolution and Familyorg

0004 Familyorg may be characteristic of the entire Homo genus. Chimpanzee and other wild apes do not exhibit male-female pair bonding to the extent that the Homo genus does. The familyorg is one of many adaptations to the desiccation of eastern Africa between 5 and 3 million years ago. Tropical forest gave way

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